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William D. "Bill" Boerner

1958 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
William D. "Bill" Boerner Obituary
October 12, 1958 - February 15, 2017 If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau, 1854 William D. Boerner, age 58, passed away unexpectedly of heart disease at home in La Crescenta on February 15. Bill was born in Pasadena, CA, and spent his youth in Glendale. He attended Verdugo Woodlands Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High. He graduated from Redlands High School. Bill was a brilliant individual, but never one to thrive in traditional school settings. He was self-taught through apprenticeships and personal study. Described by others as a mechanical genius, he could take apart and fix anything. Cars and bikes were his first passion. From there, he developed an interest in tools, mechanical instruments, and neon signage. As a young man, Bill learned the surveying trade from his uncle and other mentors. He became a California licensed surveyor and started his own business, Coastal Survey. In 2005, he proudly served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association. Bill appreciated working on challenging projects as well as interacting with all types of people. Bill lived his entire life on his own terms. He did things in his unique way. Sometimes Bill's "James Dean" aloofness was endearing; sometimes it was challenging, but he was always just plain "cool." Bill often gave clever nicknames to people and places. (Fortunately, translations were available upon request.) Throughout his life, Bill was a loyal, faithful man. He was available to help family, friends, and neighbors in need. He was kind in a way that was soft and quiet without wanting anything in return except an occasional thank-you. During his wife Dawn's struggle with pancreatic cancer, he rarely left her side. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dawn; father, Ernest; Boerner and Isbell grandparents; and aunt, Beverly. Bill is survived by his immediate and extended family members including mother, Martha; sisters, Laura-Lee, Mary, and Elizabeth; niece, Jasmine; aunt, Mary; uncle, Paul; and, cousins Paula, Pam, and Susan. According to Bill's wishes, no formal services are planned. However, if you wish to honor Bill's memory, feel free to make a donation in his name to the . Friends are encouraged to visit his memorial website to share memories, condolences, and thoughts at: http://www.ilasting.com/billboerner.php
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2017
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